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Cal St. Fullerton takes down Sacramento St. 68-63

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Khalil Ahmad scored 25 points and Kyle Allman chipped in 13 points and Cal State Fullerton beat Sacramento State 68-63 Friday on the second day of the Wooden Legacy.

Arkim Robertson sank a pair of free throws, Ahmad sank three after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt and Allman’s dunk with 6:44 left put Cal State Fullerton (2-3) ahead 57-48.

But Justin Strings went on his own 8-0 run with a free throw after Allman was called for a technical, hit a couple of jumpers and 3 to reduce the deficit to one but the Hornets made just two more field goals down the stretch. The Titans sealed it from the free throw line and were 20 for 23 for the game.

Strings led Sacramento State (1-5) with 22 points, Jordan Tolbert had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Izayah Mauriohoohoo-Le’Afa grabbed 12 rebounds.

Gill, Copeland lead Nebraska past winless Marist 84-59

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anton Gill and Isaac Copeland had 17 points each, and Nebraska cruised by winless Marist 84-59 in a consolation game Friday night at the Advocare Invitational.

James Palmer Jr. added 15 points for Nebraska (4-2), which made 57 percent (34 for 60) of its shots.

Any momentum Marist (0-5) had after hanging with No. 23 West Virginia Thursday before falling 84-78, evaporated early on as the Red Foxes fell behind by 12 points seven minutes in.

Aleksandar Dozic topped Marist with nine points.

Nebraska, coming off a 68-59 loss to Central Florida, shot 62 percent (18 for 29) en route to a 45-29 halftime. The Cornhuskers’ hot shooting continued into the second half as they went 8 for 11 to open up a 64-37 advantage.

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: Palmer, a newcomer entering with a 14.6 average, had 20 of his 22 points in the second half against UCF.

Marist: The Red Foxes shot 55 percent (26 for 47) in Thursday’s near upset of West Virginia, including 74 percent (17 for 23) during the second half.

UP NEXT

Nebraska plays Long Beach State in Sunday’s fifth-place contest.

Marist faces Oregon State in the seventh-place game.

Wright St. smothers Garndner-Webb in 67-47 win

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Grant Benzinger scored 18 points and Mark Hughes finished with 12 and Wright State beat Gardner-Webb 67-47 Friday night in a Wright State Tournament game played at the Nutter Center.

Jaylon Hall made a 3-pointer with 7:50 left before halftime to give Wright State a 20-18 lead and the Raiders never trailed again. Tye Wilburn’s layup with 20 seconds before intermission capped a 14-6 run.

David Efianayi made a pair of free throws, Jaheam Cornwall had a layup and a jumper, and the Bulldogs closed to 38-35 with 14 minutes left. Wright State then reeled off eight-straight points and was never threatened again. Wright State had a 39-27 rebounding advantage and collected 10 steals.

The Bulldogs scored just nine points in the final 10 minutes. Liam O’Reilly led Gardner-Webb (2-4) with 16 points and Efianayi scored 12. The Bulldogs committed 28 fouls, turned it over 22 times and shot 15 for 51 (29.4 percent) from the field.

No. 19 Louisville survives Saint Francis, 84-72

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking out of sorts following Ray Spalding’s exit with an ankle injury, No. 19 Louisville needed help to finish what the junior forward started against Saint Francis as a scorer and rebounder.

Deng Adel and Jordan Nwora stepped up to fill the scoring void with timely shots, and the Cardinals made timely defensive stops to survive.

Spalding had 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds before leaving midway through the second half with an ankle injury, and Adel and Nwora each made key 3-pointers late as Louisville held off Saint Francis 84-72 on Friday night.

”I had a weird feeling it was going to be a game like that,” Louisville coach David Padgett said. ”We are 4-0, the most important thing.”

Not before the Cardinals nearly lost a big lead.

Spalding’s layup provided a 66-44 lead with 12:38 remaining, but he walked slowly to the locker room several minutes later with the injury. Saint Francis took advantage of his absence with a 22-8 run over 8:09 to get within 74-66 before Nwora and Adel each answered with five points, including consecutive 3s nearly a minute apart for an 84-68 lead.

Anas Mahmoud made consecutive blocks during one sequence to help the Cardinals pull away.

”We played the score,” Mahmoud said. ”We looked up, and we were up 20. We were like, ‘OK, we got this game.’ We gave up a lot of open 3s. They shot the ball very well. It is something we are going to have to work on.”

Spalding wasn’t available for comment afterward, but matched a career scoring high before exiting. He achieved his second double-double in a week and fourth of his career by halftime, adding a career-high five of the Cardinals’ seven blocks.

”Ray was a monster down there,” said Adel, who had 13 points. ”He’s very versatile down there, gets a lot of steals and deflections.”

Fortunately for Louisville, others contributed.

Mahmoud had 12 points with nine rebounds, Quentin Snider had 11 points and Nwora and V.J. King 10 each for Louisville.

Keith Braxton had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Red Flash (2-3), whose two-game winning streak was stopped. Saint Francis played its second game since leading scorer Isaiah Blackmon sustained a season-ending right knee injury.

BIG PICTURE

Saint Francis: The Red Flash stayed close for much of the first half by matching Louisville 20-all on the glass and eventually winning that category 35-33. Ten 3-pointers also helped – five of which helped get them back in the game – and their bench outscored the Cardinals 20-19. But they were outscored 40-20 in the paint and committed 19 turnovers leading to 17 Louisville points. ”When you give them 17 points off the turnovers – a lot of those turnovers led to layups and easy opportunities,” coach Rob Krimmel said. ”Our margin for error in a game like this is very slim and that’s one of the things we challenged our guys on at halftime.”

Louisville: The Cardinals appeared headed to another easy win after their 42-point rout of Southern Illinois before Spalding’s exit changed things. They went nearly 5 minutes without a basket before Adel and Nwora made consecutive 3s to seize control. The Cards shot 52 percent in the second half and 48 percent overall.

RESILIENCE

Krimmel complimented his team’s resolve despite Blackmon’s absence, especially when the game seemed out of reach. ”Our guys could have certainly hung their heads with 10 minutes to go down 20,” he said. ”That could have very easily gone 30 or 40, but I was proud of the way they battled back and made it a game.”

UP NEXT

Saint Francis hosts American University on Wednesday in the first of two more tuneups before visiting top-ranked Duke on Dec. 5.

Louisville hits the road for the first time to visit No. 18 Purdue on Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Cardinals won last year’s Challenge meeting 71-64 but is 6-11 lifetime against the Boilermakers.

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Indiana wins third straight with 87-67 win over EMU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The second half against Eastern Michigan could prove to be the blueprint for the rest of Indiana’s season – but for now, the Hoosiers are just happy to get another win against a quality opponent.

Robert Johnson scored 18 points, Josh Newkirk added 17 points and Indiana won its third straight with a 87-67 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday.

After a first half where the Eagles gave the Hoosiers everything they had and then some, the squad Indiana hopes to be over the next four months began to take shape.

Indiana relied on its depth for a dominating second-half performance.

”I thought for the first time all season, we just dove into the bench regardless of what we were thinking prior to going in and it was a good step in the right direction for our team,” Indiana coach Archie Miller said. ”That’s what we did in the second half tonight was to get guys in there you trusted were just going to play as hard as they could and do what you ask them to do.”

Indiana used a 19-3 run, highlighted by Justin Smith’s fast-break dunk, over a six-minute stretch in the second half to put Eastern Michigan away.

Freddie McSwain Jr. added 10 points and nine rebounds for Indiana (4-2), while De’Ron Davis scored 11 points.

”Everybody is getting comfortable with the offensive style, the defensive schemes,” Newkirk said. ”We’ve just been practicing a lot. I think everybody is feeling more comfortable understanding that we’re all helping each other. I think it’s coming along.”

Elijah Minnie had 20 points and seven rebounds for Eastern Michigan (4-1).

Despite a four-minute scoreless drought, EMU had a brief four-point lead in the first half and was within five points, 42-37, of Indiana at the half.

”The start of the second half we were a little lethargic on offense which results in easy buckets for Indiana,” Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said. ”Once they got up nine (points), they started to play a little more comfortable.”

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles’ next five opponents have a combined record of 10-13. Eastern Michigan won’t play another Power 5 team until it travels to Syracuse on Dec. 27th.

Indiana: After losing its season opener to Indiana State and a tough road loss at then-No. 23 Seton Hall, Indiana needed to string some wins together in order to create momentum before hosting top-ranked Duke on Nov. 29th.

BACK IN ACTION

Indiana’s Collin Hartman took the floor for the first time this season. Hartman, a fifth-year senior who is an Indianapolis native and fan-favorite among his fellow students, suffered a knee injury in September 2016 that required surgery. Just prior to this season, Hartman suffered a minor injury that sidelined him in each of Indiana’s opening five contests. Hartman played just six minutes against EMU and scored three points.

HOT AND COLD

Minnie scored 17 points in the first half, with four of his five baskets coming from beyond the 3-point line. He had just three points the second half.

UP NEXT

Indiana will try to upset No. 1 Duke on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Eastern Michigan will visit South Florida on Monday.

Alvarado and Haywood lead Georgia Tech past N. Texas 63-49

ATLANTA (AP) — Point guard Jose Alvarado scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half Friday to lead Georgia Tech to a 63-49 win over North Texas and that wasn’t a big surprise, but when fellow freshman Curtis Haywood II dropped 12 of his 15 in the second half, the Yellow Jackets found something.

Haywood made 5-of-7 3-pointers with four of the makes coming after Tech (3-1) took a 22-19 halftime lead. In the Yellow Jackets’ first three games, the Oklahoma City native made 2-of-7 long balls.

”In practice, I’ve been getting a lot of shots in with my coaches, and… in the game it just came to me,” Haywood said. ”My teammates found me and they’ve been waiting for me to shoot like this.”

Roosevelt Smart paced North Texas (3-3) with 14 points, all in the second half, and he was the Mean Green’s only double-digit scorer. After averaging 85.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting in five games, the visitors shot just 39.1 percent.

Tech’s Ben Lammers and freshman Moses Wright each blocked three shots.

”I could tell we were struggling with the changes of (Tech’s) defenses,” said first-year North Texas head coach Grant McCasland. ”We had nineteen turnovers; that’s a credit to their aggressiveness.”

Georgia Tech senior guard Tadric Jackson added 14 points off the bench – 11 in the second half – in his first action since serving a three-game suspension for receiving benefits in violation of NCAA rules.

Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner went with a smaller lineup most of the second half, removing forward Abdoulaye Gueye – whom North Texas was sagging off of – inserting Jackson.

The Jackets shot 30.8 percent in the first half, and 55.6 in the second.

”They didn’t guard Abdoulaye,” Pastner said. ”They didn’t guard a couple of our guys and we needed to size down (and add shooters).”

BIG PICTURE

North Texas: The Mean Green out-rebounded Tech, 31-24, and while making 8 of 15 from 3-point range, they were just 10 of 31 inside the arc. ”We shot it well from 3,” McCasland said. ”Just wish we would have shot more of them… it was just hard to score around the rim.”

Georgia Tech: Sophomore guard Justin Moore served the second and final game of his two-game suspension for violating unspecified NCAA rules, and sophomore guard Josh Okokie has two games remaining on his six-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits.

JOSE KNOWS

Alvarado led Tech with seven rebounds, and the 6-foot freshman from New York City is the second-leading scorer (14.3 ppg) for the Jackets and the second-leading rebounder with almost six per game. ”I knew when we were recruiting Jose what he was about… sticking your nose in there on tough, inside rebounds and 50-50 balls,” Pastner said. ”It’s a blue-collar mentality, and it’s a blue-collar school,” he said of Christ the King high school.

LIMPING LAMMERS

After putting up 11 points, grabbing four rebounds and adding three blocks and three steals, Lammers still leads Tech in all four categories, but the senior center wasn’t whole Friday after spraining an ankle late in Wednesday’s win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley. ”Credit to Richard Stewart, our trainer,” Pastner said. ”We didn’t know if he was going to play.”

UP NEXT

North Texas will return to Denton to play Grambling State on Monday night before traveling for another big road game Thursday at Oklahoma.

Georgia Tech will have three days off after playing three games in a six-day span, and then take on Northwestern Tuesday night in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

No. 23 West Virginia dominates 1st half, routs UCF 83-45

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — James Bolden scored 17 points, Jevon Carter had 16 and No. 23 West Virginia quickly responded after surviving an upset scare one day earlier by routing Central Florida 83-45 on Friday night in a semifinal at the Advocare Invitational.

The Mountaineers (5-1) used stellar defense to take a 43-20 lead at halftime. West Virginia held UCF to 19 percent shooting (4 for 21) and scored 17 points off the Knights’ 17 turnovers.

Bolden had 12 points and Carter 11 during the opening 20 minutes.

Seven-foot-6 center Tacko Fall had 11 points and eight rebounds for Central Florida (4-1).

West Virginia also found its shooting touch as the first half progressed, finishing at 41 percent (16 for 39) after converting just 17 percent over the opening 6 minutes.

The Mountaineers struggled in Thursday’s opening round before putting winless Marist away 84-78.

Central Florida could get no closer than 19 points in the second half.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

West Virginia could improve its standing in the AP Poll by winning the invitational championship Sunday night. A loss may knock the Mountaineers out of the Top-25.

BIG PICTURE

Central Florida: Had just 17 turnovers overall in Thursday’s 68-59 win over Nebraska. The Knights finished with 27 Friday.

West Virginia: Coach Bob Huggins watched his team have foul issues, again. After committing 25 Thursday, the Mountaineers followed up with 27 Friday.

UP NEXT

Central Florida: Plays St. John’s in Sunday’s third-place game.

West Virginia: Missouri will be the opponent in Sunday’s championship game.

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Harvard beats Saint Joseph’s 77-71 in Wooden Legacy

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken scored 21 point apiece to lead Harvard to a 77-71 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Friday in the Wooden Legacy tournament.

Lewis was 9 of 12 from the field. Aiken was 5-of-13 shooting from the floor and made 10 of 12 free throws to go with a career-high eight assists. Robert Baker scored a career-best 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first career double-double for Harvard (3-3).

James Demery had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph’s (2-3). Pierfrancesco Oliva added 16 points and Taylor Funk chipped in 11.

Harvard never trailed, and the Hawks pulled within one point three times in the second half. The last time on back-to-back 3-pointers by Demery and Funk to make it 59-58 with 9:40 to play. Lewis then scored four points and Baker made a 3-pointer for Harvard to cap a 10-2 surge.

Demery scored five straight points to cut the Hawks’ deficit to 74-69 with 26 seconds left, but they didn’t’ get closer.

Loyola-Chicago crushes UNC Willmington 102-78 behind Jackson

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Aundre Jackson scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and Marques Townes added 23 points and Loyola-Chicago stayed unbeaten with a 102-78 win over UNC Wilmington on Friday in a Savannah Invitational contest.

UNC Wilmington went on an 8-0 run early to knot the game at 14 as Jordon Talley scored six points in a little more than a minute. But Loyola erupted with a 21-4 run and the Ramblers led 35-18 on Lucas Williamson’s 3-pointer with nine minutes before halftime. They led 53-44 at intermission, and Jackson’s 3-pointer less than a minute in put Loyola up by double digits the rest of the way.

Donte Ingram added 14 points and nine rebounds and Clayton Custer scored 13. Loyola (6-0) is off to its best start since going 7-0 to start the 2010-11 season.

Talley led UNC Wilmington (2-2) with 20 points, Ty Taylor II scored 14 and Devontae Cacok had 10.